When our bodies are not able to properly produce or utilize the insulin (what helps to regulate the metabolism of glucose that we have) within our systems, usually what our doctor will diagnose us with having is diabetes. And when it comes to diabetes, the reason why it’s considered to be such a potentially serious disease is that complications of it can lead to things like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, and in extreme cases, amputation and even death.
Being that there are over eight million individuals who have diabetes in America alone, we felt that it would be important to share with you some of the diabetic systems that are directly connected to the disorder. If you or your loved one have any of these, please make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible.
All of us have times throughout the day when we’d like to have something to drink in order to quench our thirst. But if you happen to realize that no matter how much you consume, it seems like you can never get enough, this could be a sign that you are diabetic. The reason why people with diabetes are oftentimes so thirsty is that the disease causes glucose levels to rise which ultimately results in frequent urination. As a direct result, your body requires more fluids to replenish itself. This brings us to the next point.
When your glucose levels are pulling fluids from the cells in your bloodstream, it tends to overload your kidneys and ultimately, it can cause you to urinate a lot more than you normally do. So, if you’re taking frequent trips to the bathroom, this is something else that you should take special note of.
If you haven’t been getting 6-8 hours of sleep or if you’ve had a hard day at work, then you’re going to find yourself feeling pretty tired. But if you’re inexplicably fatigued or weak, this also could be because you have diabetes. Because individuals who are diabetic have a challenging time converting their glucose into insulin, this results in feeling worn out; even when they have received a lot of rest.
If you were to read a pamphlet about living with diabetes that was published by a company, another symptom of having diabetes that would probably be listed is losing a significant amount of weight but not being able to clearly pinpoint why. When your body cannot properly use the glucose within your food, that combined with all of the urinating leads to a significant amount of weight loss.
One other diabetic symptom that you shouldn’t ignore is if you have cuts or bruises that tend to take a longer time to heal. This is actually another indication that glucose is not working properly within your body. So, if you have a cut that doesn’t scab over or a bruise that remains for more than a couple of weeks, make an appointment to see your health care provider so that they can test you for diabetes just as soon as possible. The sooner you can detect it, the better off you will be.